Laing O’Rourke

Client: Laing O’Rourke – one of the UK’s largest contracting organisations, Laing O’Rourke constructed a mega-project in the UAE in a joint venture with the state developer, Aldar. The project was to create a £10 billion mixed-use development as part of the Abu Dhabi race track development and Ferrari world

Role: Commercial Consultant, Al Raha Beach Project, Abu Dhabi – implementing commercial best practices

Remit: To define and implement commercial systems and processes to support the entire project, including project controls strategy; providing commercial advice, training and audit reporting for the joint venture

Key Skills:

  • Understanding of ingredients needed to implement an integrated project controls solution
  • Knowledge of construction projects and business support software
  • Ability to work closely with commercial, financial and technical teams – win their trust and confidence
  • Identifying new requirements and interpreting whether they require changes to processes or enhancements to software systems
  • Skills to document and communicate the resulting changes to all parties whether commercial, financial, management or technical


  • Facilitated development enhancements to the commercial management and financial reporting system to provide greater cost control
  • Visualised an improved system and drove through its implementation
  • Trained other system users
  • Directed the creation of a strategy for implementation and ongoing improvement to the system with senior managers
  • Made cost data/information more easily accessible
  • Fully transparent and auditable system

Client comment:  N/A